MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Constant development keeps chain at forefront of technology
Chain is one of the unsung heroes of the engineering world. Although a long established technology, it continues to develop and improve, so remains one of the most efficient methods of power transmission available today. Greg Sharp, Engineering Manager at Tsubaki Chain in Nottingham, looks at some of the recent developments and shows how they appeal to new markets.
Sensors for packaging
Packaging technology is diverse, as are the sensors that are used. Wet environments, harsh conditions, limited space: everything needs to happen very quickly. Efficiency, reliability and cost effectiveness have top priority here: a true challenge for the sensors and their manufacturers. Leuze electronic is well positioned, as this article shows using selected case studies and sensors.
IO-Link and connectivity in the age of Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0 will only become reality via standardised communication interfaces, since data and communication are key elements here. For this reason, IO-Link plays a prominent role with simple sensors, whereas Ethernet and Ethernet-based field buses are more prominent with sensors that are more high-performance and bigger.
Maximising bearing service life
Although every bearing has a pre-calculated service life, research has shown that two-thirds fall short of their potential lifecycle. Here Peter Townsend, product manager bearings at ERIKS, offers a 10-point plan to help customers get the most from their bearings.
Time to ride the wave of reshoring?
China’s slowing economy means it is time to jump on the wave of reshoring says Mark Anderson of Fascia Graphics.
Ten reasons for coding offline
Richard Pether, director at Rotech, explains why sometimes it simply makes sense to code offline, even for highly automated manufacturing and packing operations.
The differences between guarding standards ISO 14120 and EN 953
Jeremy Procter, a member of standards committees ISO/TC 199/WG 6 (Safety distances and ergonomic aspects) and BSI MCE/3 (Safeguarding of machinery), and Managing Director of Procter Machine Guarding, explains how the new edition of ISO 14120, the international standard for machine guards, differs from the standard it is replacing in Europe, EN 953.
How to use laser scanners correctly for machine safety
Dr Martin Kidman, a Safety Specialist with Sick UK, explains that selecting the correct safety equipment - such as laser scanners - will only get you half way to a safe machine; getting the rest of the way requires that the safety equipment is used correctly.